As a construction company known for building cultural landmarks across North America, PCL is the proud builder of several iconic sports facilities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that will be showcased to an international audience when over 10,000 athletes, coaches, and officials from across the Caribbean and Central, South, and North America arrive in Toronto for the 2015 Pan American & Parapan American Games (TO2015).
PCL’s president of Eastern Canadian operations,
Jim Dougan, was an official torchbearer on the final
leg of the 41-day torch-relay.
The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is
the largest new-build sports venue for
TO2015 and is considered the largest
investment in Canadian amateur sport
The Field House consists of four competition size
gymnasiums, two containing hard wood flooring and
the other two containing multipurpose flooring, and
is surrounded by an upper level running track.
The first phase of the BMO Field expansion project
was fast-tracked in just under six months to
accommodate the 2015 Toronto FC season and
PCL president of Eastern Canada Jim Dougan
presents Toronto Foundation president & CEO
Rahul K. Bhardwaj with a cheque designating PCL
as an official Friend of the Games.
A catalyst for infrastructure investment in Ontario, TO2015 is the largest multisport event ever held in Canada, with 51 sports being played at venues across 15 municipalities, spanning a vast 5,300 square kilometers.
“PCL is proud to build infrastructure that will support the TO2015 Games and beyond to create a lasting legacy for the communities in which we live, work, and play,” says PCL executive vice president Chris Gower.
BEST PROJECT IN ONTARIO
A project so well executed that the Ontario General Contractors Association declared it the Best Project Built in Ontario, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House in Scarborough, co-owned by the University of Toronto and the City of Toronto, was brought to life by PCL as design-builder.
“One of the largest buildings constructed for TO2015, the design-build project was executed in 24 months and was handed over a year in advance of the games, on time and on budget,” says Gower.
At 393,628 square feet, it includes seating for 8,000 spectators, two internationally sanctioned 10-lane, 50-metre pools, a 5-metre deep diving tank, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, a climbing wall, conditioning rooms, a high-performance testing center, studio spaces, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. During the games it will host swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, fencing, modern pentathlon, sitting volleyball, and in-line roller speed-skating events.
Following the Games, the facility—to be known as the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre—will act as a hub of activity for students, community members, and high-performance athletes united by a shared commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.
HISTORIC EXHIBITION PLACE
Located on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place in the heart of downtown Toronto, and thanks to the dedication of a determined Solution Provider team from PCL, the iconic BMO Field recently reached the half-way point of an aggressive two-year renovation. Now games-ready, BMO Field will return to its roots for the Pan Am Games, during which it will be known as Exhibition Stadium.
With the first phase of the of the year-long project fasttracked in just under six months to accommodate the 2015 Toronto FC season and TO2015 activities, the upgrades have brought the facility up to Major League Soccer standards, thereby facilitating the ability to host additional events outside of soccer, including TO2015 rugby sevens matches.
PCL BUILDS SPORT
PCL’s connection to the TO2015 infrastructure program runs deeper than just building one of its largest purpose-built facilities. In total, PCL has built more than six GTA-area facilities that will host TO2015 events.
Situated within CIBC Pan Am Park (more commonly known as the Canadian National Exhibition grounds), the Direct Energy Centre is Canada’s largest multipurpose convention facility. Branded the Exhibition Centre for the games, it will house the Main Media Centre and the Cisco International Broadcast Centre, as well as five sporting competitions: indoor volleyball, roller sports – figuring skating, handball, squash, and racquetball.
One of the premiere sports and entertainment facilities in the GTA, the Hershey Centre (to be known as the Mississauga Sports Centre during the Games) will be the only venue to host competitions every day. The 5,500-seat, multi-purpose arena will be divided into separate fields of play to host karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, goalball, wheelchair rugby, and powerlifting.
Truly a tennis center of excellence, the Rexall Centre located at the Keele Campus of York University includes a 12,500-seat open-bowl stadium, a stand-alone tennis complex with four indoor tennis courts, an inflatable dome covering four other tennis courts, and seven outdoor practice courts, in addition to office space, commissary, lounges, dining rooms, locker rooms, and public spaces. Set to host all Pan Am tennis matches, the facility will be known as the Canadian Tennis Centre during the games.
Finally, PCL Toronto’s Special Projects team completed a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse and events facility expansion of the Angus Glen Golf Club, named one of Canada’s most prestigious golf courses. The championship-level golf course will host the first-ever Pan Am Games golf tournament.
FRIEND OF THE GAMES
Providing exceptional general contractor services is PCL’s business; giving back is PCL’s passion.
To help build pride and a social legacy that will last beyond the summer of 2015, PCL has partnered with the Toronto Foundation and the TO2015 Organizing Committee as an official Friend of the Games.
Through this unique sponsorship opportunity, PCL has donated 2,500 general admission tickets through charitable organizations that work primarily in underserved communities throughout the province of Ontario, meaning that 1,250 at-risk youth will be able to attend a TO2015 event.
In recognition of its support, PCL acted as an official torchbearer on the final leg of the 41-day torch-relay journey. Before making its final stop at the official opening ceremonies on July 10, the torch—a unique symbol of the games representing the energy intended to unite the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) nations—was carried by PCL’s president of Eastern Canadian operations, Jim Dougan, on behalf of PCL.
“At PCL, we are more than builders. We are construction partners who are passionate about our community,” says Dougan. “Never have I been more proud to work for this company. Just as this flame was lit in Mexico, rooted in history and tradition, I am honored to carry the torch on behalf of the thousands of PCLers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Australia who share this commitment to community and civic pride, and we look forward to furthering this legacy for future generations.”